towermonkey wrote: Treason is a crime committed against a country that you are a subject of. When the southern states seceded, they were no longer subject to the United States. Why was Jefferson Davis never tried for treason?
As to the reason for the civil war, well, the victors get to write the history books. But, if it was all about slavery, why then did Lincoln, in his inaugural address say “I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.”?
Try this article on for size and get back to me:
towermonkey wrote: I tend to refuse to read links after I've been told that my ancestors were "traitors to the United States of America and became so in order to protect and defend evil human rights abuses for the sake of greed, sloth, and avarice." People starting from that bigotry are not likely to post thoughtful articles.
towermonkey wrote: Well, to be honest, I was replying to homeagain's post, not SC's - look at the timestamps. I hadn't even seen SC's post with the link until after she said I didn't read her links.
Slavery was an abomination (and still is) but was not the primary cause of the Civil War. Tariffs were. Slavery was legal in the northern states for longer than it was in the south, but not by the choice of the south.